2008 Merum Garnacha
Available at: West End Wines, 4906 Laclede Ave., Central West End, westendwines.com; $12.99
Pairings: Olive tapenade • Chili • Baked pastas
Chilly nights often call for something a bit dark and spicy. Produced predominantly from the Grenache grape with a small addition of Syrah, this red blend unleashes juicy black cherry interlaced with subtle pepper. One of Spain's youngest winemakers is responsible for this sleek, modern wine from the Old World that benefits from little to no fining and filtration and limited time in oak.
2008 Sierra Madre Pinot Noir
Provenance: Santa Maria Valley, Calif.
Available at: Robust Wine Bar, 227 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, robustwinebar.com; $28
Pairings: Camembert • Dijon salmon • Roasted pork
The cool coastal climate of Santa Barbara County creates polished yet complex California Pinot Noirs. Finessed notes of sweet wild berries are the focus in this vivid, vivacious wine with undertones of earth. Beautifully balanced because of its lush mouthfeel and bright acidity, this wine is ideal for both quaffing and food pairing.
2009 Skyleaf Riesling
Provenance: New Zealand
Available at: Bottle Cellars, 6039 Telegraph Road, Oakville, bottlecellars.com; $9.99
Pairings: Washed rind cheeses • Dim sum • Steamed clams
Break the winter routine with this light and fruity Riesling from the unexpected region of New Zealand. This crisp, uncomplicated white is concentrated with peach, green apple and tropical melon. Honeyed notes of sweetness, delicate layers of floral tones and minerality unfold in this versatile, affordable and easy drinker.
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